Dr. Mary-Ellen Harper began her work helping to unlock some of the myriad mysteries of diabetes when she became a tenure-stream assistant professor at the Faculty of Medicine in 1995.
Now, more than 25 years later, Dr. Harper’s innovative research and pursuit of excellence at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine is being celebrated nationally. She has just been named as the 2021 recipient of the Diabetes Canada Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dr. Harper says she “never imagined” she’d receive a prestigious award like this when she started her career. But over the years, as she became a globally recognized scientist and her work racked up accolades, it became abundantly clear to many colleagues that she was driven to conduct research at the highest level.
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